‘You Are Europe’s Future’: Erdogan Tells Turks Abroad To Have 5 Children

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Turks in Europe to have five children in response to the “rudeness shown to you.”

Turkey is in a diplomatic dispute with several European countries after a pro-Erdogan rally was banned in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. Erdogan accused the Netherlands and Germany of behaving like “Nazis,” and subsequently, calling on millions of Turks in Europe to take action.

“From here I say to my citizens, I say to my brothers and sisters in Europe … Educate your children at better schools, make sure your family live in better areas, drive in the best cars, live in the best houses,” Erdogan said at a televised rally Friday, according to AFP. “Have five children, not three. You are Europe’s future. This is the best answer to the rudeness shown to you, the enmity, the wrongs.”

Suleyman Soylu, Turkey’s interior minister, threatened Thursday to “blow the mind” of Europe by sending 15,000 refugees per month to the European Union.

“If you want, we could open the way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow the mind [of Europe],” Soylu said, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

Turkey and the EU struck a deal last March to curb the refugee influx to Europe.

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